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Abstract

Public natural resource management agencies work with diverse stakeholder groups such as business owners, visitors, and landowners as they implement visitor management policies. This study focuses on the attitudes and beliefs of four stakeholder groups in relation to the use of non-motorized boats, motorized boats, and personal watercraft (e.g., jet Skis) on water bodies in the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest of New York State's Adirondack Park. A mixed-methods approach including land manager interviews and stakeholder surveys was used. Interview results were the basis for the questionnaire used in mail surveys of shoreline and inland landowners, business owners, and campers. Analysis of variance indicated significant differences among the four stakeholder groups concerning beliefs and attitudes toward non-motorized and motorized boat use, but no significant differences in beliefs and attitudes toward personal watercraft use.

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